Point of Sale (POS) Glossary
Perpetual inventory is the ability of a point of sale system to maintain real-time stock counts. Poorly equipped POS systems and manual inventory counting rely on frequent inventory counts to maintain accurate stock numbers. This becomes increasingly difficult as a merchant keeps stock in more locations.
Perpetual inventory allows stores to understand what items are selling the best and during what times. This helps them design sales and also know when to reorder merchandise. The best-equipped POS systems will even send notifications on low-stock conditions or automatically reorder merchandise.
Inventory reconciliation is still occasionally necessary to account for loss, including theft, breakage, waste, and other various write-offs. A POS that maintains perpetual inventory can produce the most accurate analytics and reporting because it tracks transactions as they occur.
An eCommerce website is open 24/7 and accessible from all over the world. Being online and having physical store opens your business to a global market.
You’ve probably been at the register at the grocery store and asked if you wanted to contribute money to a charity as you checked out. Maybe you donated, or perhaps you found it was annoying. It might have depended on your mood that day, or possibly the charity was a deciding factor.